By Kate Ward
Updated March 01, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST
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Lindsay Lohan sounded refreshingly poised and mature in her interview Tuesday night with Extra, the actress’ first sit-down with a reporter since her 73 days in rehab at Betty Ford and since her felony grand theft charges. Though the actress was unable to speak about the case, she did talk to interviewer Jerry Penacoli about her troubled past, and desire to rehab her own image. Said Lohan about what she hopes to one day be recognized for: “Great movies. Great films…. That’s what I’ve aspired to do my whole life, and personal incidences in my life got in the way. But I don’t want that to be what I’m known for anymore, you know, the tabloid stuff. That’s not important to me. I don’t like the attention. I don’t want that. I want my attention to come through in my films for the work that I’m doing. Not for if I’m going in the hair salon.”

Lohan spent a good portion of the interview speaking about her future film career — should it exist. Though she says she is eager to get back to acting, she also said she understands that she has a long way to go before she’s able to convince filmmakers that she’s more than tabloid fodder: “I miss being on set,” she said. “I really do miss it. And I know that, you know, there’s going to be a lot of steps that I have to go through to kind of prove myself again and get the trust from people that I respect [and want to] work with. But I’m willing to do what I have to do to get there. Because that’s my passion.”

On Wednesday, Extra will air the second part of Lohan’s interview, which will focus on her new home and Charlie Sheen’s advice for her recovery. But during part one of the interview, it’s clear Lohan is dead-set on turning over a new leaf. Said the actress, hinting at her legal problems, “There’s not a second that goes by where if I do something wrong, I won’t immediately look at the situaiton and say, you know what? That was wrong of me. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have done that.”

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